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Adobe eLearning Suite 6 - Upgrading to 6 and keeping the previous version - is it allowed? Possible?

Aug 10, 2012 12:56 PM

Tags: #upgrading_to_cs6

I have just completed an enormous year long project in CP El Suite 5 and want to upgrade to 6. I need to keep a version 5 to handle edits to the legacy materials but need to get going in 6 so I can enjoy all those new features. Is there any way to keep 5 and install 6 as a separate full install under the one upgrade license?

 

Best, Steve

 
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:11 PM   in reply to SteveNixonCW

    Steve,

     

    I believe the eLS went from 2.5 to 6. I'm assuming you are talking about Captivate 5 and upgrading to Captivate 6? You can keep the previous versions of Captivate (you don't have to uninstall Captivate 5) on your computer. Make sure you have 2 folders. 1 for cptx 5 and 1 for cptx 6. Copy and Paste all your cptx files into the cptx 6 folder and then when you open cptx 6 use those copies. Captivate 6 will convert the cptx 5 into 6 but if you have 2 copies in 2 different folders it will not affect the other project. You can always open Captivate 5 back up and open the project you saved in the cptx 5 folder back up.

     

    Does that make sense?

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:17 PM   in reply to SteveNixonCW

    Hi Steve

     

    I knew Anita was misunderstanding your question.

     

    I'm guessing that from Adobe's standpoint it's not exactly kosher to have both versions if you only paid for an upgrade, but if I were in your shoes, I'd try it anyway.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

    Helpful and Handy Links

    Captivate Wish Form/Bug Reporting Form

    Adobe Certified Captivate Training

    SorcerStone Blog

    Captivate eBooks

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:23 PM   in reply to SteveNixonCW

    Hi Steve,

     

    I am 99.9% sure that it is officially okay with Adobe to do that. I have done it since version 3 and at one time had version 4, 5, and 5.5 on my machine at work and I worked for the Oregon State Police so I don't think my IT folks would of done that if Adobe was not okay with it. Adobe has an EUA (End User Agreement) as a PDF that comes with the license, you can read though that to make sure or you can email: wish-captivate@macromedia.com to confirm. Just FYI: did you know that the EUA allows you to put the license on 2 computers - you just can't be using both machines at the same time. So I had mine on my desk top and my lap top.

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:31 PM   in reply to SteveNixonCW

    Right!!!!

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:32 PM   in reply to AnitaHorsley

    Interesting take, Anita

     

    I say that because on the RoboHelp side of things, we see regular admonitions that it's NOT okay per the licensing to purchase an upgrade at upgrade prices, then continue to use both the older and newer versions side by side.

     

    I'm not sure if there is logically any way to realistically police that, but just as you are 99.9% certain it's fine with Adobe, I'm going to crawl way out here on this shaky little limb and state that I'm about 78.5% certain it's not okay if you read the licensing agreement.

     

    And here's a fun little tidbit. Did you know that 87.4% of all statistics are totally made up on the spot?

     

    Only someone from Adobe or one of the attorneys among us can honestly answer this question... Rick

     

    Helpful and Handy Links

    Captivate Wish Form/Bug Reporting Form

    Adobe Certified Captivate Training

    SorcerStone Blog

    Captivate eBooks

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:33 PM   in reply to AnitaHorsley

    FYI: I have a copy of the EUA as a PDF but I can't upload it on this forum. If you can't find it and want a copy, you can email me at: anitahorsley@gmail.com and I will send it to you as an attachment.

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:37 PM   in reply to AnitaHorsley

    Very True Rick, I did make up my statistic on the spot!!!! So maybe after your statistic, I might lower mine to 88% sure!!!!

     

    I agree, that Adobe is one that should answer Steve's question or he should go through the EUA with a fine tooth comb, I am just not willing to do that right now as I don't work for the Oregon State Police any more and don't have the previous versions on the same machine, so I know I'm not breaking any rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
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    Aug 10, 2012 5:30 PM   in reply to SteveNixonCW

    Hi Steve,

     

    I was speaking to Adobe about this - this week. i.e. upgrading from ELS 2.5 to ELS 6. When you upgrade to ELS 6 the file you download is the complete version - it isn't an add on file you install on top of ELS 2.5. So you could have both versions on the ONE computer at the same time. ("one computer" being the important words here.)

     

    I asked if i could keep Captivate 5.5 (from ELS 2.5) and he said yes. (so i am assuming the same would be true for ELS 2.5). He said to uninstall ELS 2.5, install ELS 6, and then install ELS 2.5 again or the Captivate 5.5. application from the ELS 2.5 file in my case. 

     

    But for your own peace of mind - best check with Adobe.

     

    Also the serial numbers for both versions should be the same. So buy it the same way you did last time e.g. Online via the Business Store or by phone etc.

     
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    Aug 11, 2012 5:11 AM   in reply to donalall

    Good to hear!

     
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